Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Ajava noun (Botany) See Ajouan .
Ajog adverb [ Prefix a- + jog .] On the jog.
Ajouan Aj"ow*an noun [ Written also ajwain .] [ Prob. native name.] (Botany) The fruit of Ammi Copticum , syn. Carum Ajowan , used both as a medicine and as a condiment. An oil containing thymol is extracted from it. Called also Javanee seed , Javanese seed , and ajava .
[ French ajutage
, for ajoutage
, from ajouter
to add, Late Latin adjuxtare
, from Latin ad
near to, nigh. Confer Adjutage
.] A tube through which water is discharged; an efflux tube; as, the ajutage of a fountain.
Akene noun (Botany) Same as Achene .
[ Obsolete] See Acton .
[ Etymology unknown. Confer Kimbo
.] With a crook or bend; with the hand on the hip and elbow turned outward.
"With one arm akimbo
[ Prefix a-
) + kin
.] 1. Of the same kin; related by blood; -- used of persons; as, the two families are near akin . 2. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.
"A joy akin
to rapture." Cowper.
The literary character of the work is akin to its moral character.
» This adjective is used only after the noun.
Akinesia noun [ Greek ... quiescence; 'a priv. + ... motion.] (Medicine) Paralysis of the motor nerves; loss of movement. Foster.
Akinesic adjective (Medicine) Pertaining to akinesia.
Aknee adverb On the knee. [ R.] Southey.
Aknow Earlier form of Acknow .
[ Obsolete] To be aknow
, to acknowledge; to confess.
Al adjective All. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Al conj. Although; if.
[ Obsolete] See All
Al segno [ Italian , to the mark or sign.] (Mus.) A direction for the performer to return and recommence from the sign ....
Al- A prefix. (a)
[ Anglo-Saxon eal
.] All; wholly; completely; as, al mighty, al most. (b)
[ Latin ad
.] To; at; on; -- in Old French shortened to a- . See Ad- . (c) The Arabic definite article answering to the English the ; as, Al koran, the Koran or the Book; al chemy, the chemistry.
; plural Alæ
[ Latin , a wing.] (Biol.) A winglike organ, or part.
Alabama period (Geol.) A period in the American eocene, the lowest in the tertiary age except the lignitic.
Alabaster noun [ Latin alabaster , Greek ..., said to be derived from Alabastron , the name of a town in Egypt, near which it was common: confer Old French alabastre , French albâtre .]
1. (Min.) (a) A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc. (b) A hard, compact variety of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite. The name is used in this sense by Pliny. It is sometimes distinguished as oriental alabaster . 2. A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; -- so called from the stone of which it was originally made. Fosbroke.
Alabastrian adjective Alabastrine.
Alabastrine adjective Of, pertaining to, or like, alabaster; as alabastrine limbs.
; plural Alabastra
[ New Latin ] (Botany) A flower bud. Gray.
[ Prob. from ah! lack!
Middle English lak
loss, failure, misfortune. See Lack
.] An exclamation expressive of sorrow.
[ Archaic. or Poet.] Shak.
Alackaday interj. [ For alack the day . Confer Lackaday.] An exclamation expressing sorrow. » Shakespeare has " alack the day" and " alack the heavy day." Compare "woe worth the day."
Alacrify transitive verb [ Latin alacer , alacris , lively + -fly .] To rouse to action; to inspirit.
[ Latin alacer
.] Brisk; joyously active; lively.
'T were well if we were a little more alacrious .
Alacriously adverb With alacrity; briskly.
Alacriousness noun Alacrity. [ Obsolete] Hammond.
[ Latin alacritas
, from alacer
lively, eager, probably akin to Greek ... to drive, Goth. aljan
zeal.] A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; joyous activity; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to meet the enemy.
I have not that alacrity of spirit,
Nor cheer of mind that I was wont to have.
Aladinist noun [ From Aladin , for Ala Eddin, i. e. , height of religion, a learned divine under Mohammed II. and Bajazet II.] One of a sect of freethinkers among the Mohammedans.
Alalia noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... priv. + ... a talking; confer ... speechless.] (Medicine) Inability to utter articulate sounds, due either to paralysis of the larynx or to that form of aphasia, called motor , or ataxis , aphasia , due to loss of control of the muscles of speech.
Alalonga, Alilonghi noun (Zoology) The tunny. See Albicore .
Alamire noun [ Compounded of a la mi re , names of notes in the musical scale.] The lowest note but one in Guido Aretino's scale of music.
Alamodality noun The quality of being Ã la mode ; conformity to the mode or fashion; fashionableness. [ R.] Southey.
Alamode adverb & adjective [ French Ã la mode after the fashion.] According to the fashion or prevailing mode. " Alamode beef shops." Macaulay.
Alamode noun A thin, black silk for hoods, scarfs, etc.; -- often called simply mode . Buchanan.
[ French Ã la mort
to the death. Confer Amort
.] To the death; mortally.
Alan (ȧ*lȧn") noun [ Old French alan , alant ; confer Spanish alano .] A wolfhound. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Aland adverb [ Prefix a- + land .] On land; to the land; ashore. "Cast aland ." Sir P. Sidney.
Alanine noun [ Aldehyde + the ending -ine . The -n- is a euphonic insertion.] (Chemistry) A white crystalline base, C 3 H 7 NO 2 , derived from aldehyde ammonia.
[ German alant
elecampane, the Inula helenium
of Linnæus.] (Chemistry) See Inulin .
Alar adjective [ Latin alarius , from ala wing: confer French alaire .]
1. Pertaining to, or having, wings. 2. (Botany) Axillary; in the fork or axil. Gray.
[ French alarme
, Italian all' arme
to arms ! from Latin arma
, plural, arms. See Arms
, and confer Alarum
.] 1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
Arming to answer in a night alarm . 2. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
Sound an alarm in my holy mountain. 3. A sudden attack; disturbance; broil.
Joel ii. 1.
[ R.] "These home alarms
Thy palace fill with insults and alarms . 4. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
Alarm and resentment spread throughout the camp. 5. A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum. Alarm bell
, a bell that gives notice on danger.
-- Alarm clock
, a clock or watch which can be so set as to ring or strike loudly at a prearranged hour, to wake from sleep, or excite attention.
-- Alarm gauge
, a contrivance attached to a steam boiler for showing when the pressure of steam is too high, or the water in the boiler too low.
-- Alarm post
, a place to which troops are to repair in case of an alarm. Syn.
-- Fright; affright; terror; trepidation; apprehension; consternation; dismay; agitation; disquiet; disquietude. -- Alarm
. These words express different degrees of fear at the approach of danger. Fright
is fear suddenly excited, producing confusion of the senses, and hence it is unreflecting. Alarm
is the hurried agitation of feeling which springs from a sense of immediate and extreme exposure. Terror
is agitating and excessive fear, which usually benumbs the faculties. Consternation
is overwhelming fear, and carries a notion of powerlessness and amazement. Alarm
agitates the feelings; terror
disorders the understanding and affects the will; fright
seizes on and confuses the sense; consternation
takes possession of the soul, and subdues its faculties. See Apprehension
Alarm transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Alarmed
; present participle & verbal noun Alarming
.] [ Alarm
, noun Confer French alarmer
.] 1. To call to arms for defense; to give notice to (any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert. 2. To keep in excitement; to disturb. 3. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
Alarmed by rumors of military preparation.
Alarmable adjective Easily alarmed or disturbed.
Alarmed adjective Aroused to vigilance; excited by fear of approaching danger; agitated; disturbed; as, an alarmed neighborhood; an alarmed modesty.
The white pavilions rose and fell
On the alarmed air.
Alarmedly adverb In an alarmed manner.
Alarming adjective Exciting, or calculated to excite, alarm; causing apprehension of danger; as, an alarming crisis or report. -- A*larm"ing*ly, adv .
Alarmist noun [ Confer French alarmiste .] One prone to sound or excite alarms, especially, needless alarms. Macaulay.